Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu announces his retirement from competitive sport

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Japanese figure skating icon and two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu has announced his retirement from competition at the age of 27. Hanyu told a televised news conference in Tokyo on July 19, 2022, that he will concentrate on exhibition shows for his legion of adoring fans. He won his first Olympic singles title at the 2014 Sochi Games before becoming the first man in 66 years to defend his crown four years later in Pyeongchang. Hanyu failed to win a third straight Olympic gold at the February 2022 Beijing Games, where he finished fourth. He later revealed he had needed “a lot of painkillers” just to be able to get on the ice in Beijing.

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